Former Panther Mark Schwab joined his brother, Doug, on the UNI coaching staff, serving as an assistant coach in 2010-11. Mark joins the Panthers after head coaching stints at NIACC and Buena Vista University.
At Buena Vista, Schwab was named Iowa Conference Coach of the Year in 2007 and coached the first four-time NCAA All-American in the 30-year history of BVU wrestling in Jestin Hulegaard.
Prior to BVU, Schwab spent nine years as assistant coach at the University of Minnesota, helping the program to seven top-three team finishes at the NCAA Championships and two NCAA team titles.
Schwab also served as an assistant coach at Purdue from 1991-93.
Prior to his coaching experience, Schwab was an All-American on the mat for the Panthers during the late 1980s. In his initial season as a Panther, Schwab posted a 49-9 record, the most wins by a true freshman in NCAA history, and placed fifth in the 1986 NCAA Division I Championships. In 1987, he won the bronze medal in what was called the World's Toughest Tournament in Tiblissi, Russia. During his redshirt season at UNI, Schwab trained for the 1988 U.S. Olympic team while also winning a bronze medal for the U.S. team at the World Cup event in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. A knee injury and a staph infection combined to keep Schwab off the mat for more than a year, but Schwab finished his career with the Panthers on a positive note as a senior, earning his second All-America honor.
As a prep at Osage, Schwab was nearly flawless, winning 106 of 107 matches and capturing four state titles. Schwab also earned three Junior National Freestyle titles and a national championship in the Greco-Roman category. Schwab was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Glen Brand Hall of Fame.
Schwab earned his bachelor's degree in 1990 from the University of Northern Iowa and his master's degree from the University of Minnesota in 2003. Schwab returned to the University of Minnesota to get a second emphasis in sport psychology on his existing master's and completed that in 2010.